Greville St Bookstore

January 16, 2010, 5:14 am
Filed under: Art, Design

The Floating World: Ukiyo-e
John Warwicker
Steidl, $115

Inspired by the ancient Japanese artists of Ukiyo-e and a polymath’s myriad references, John Warwicker has for over 10 years been one of the most original thinkers in the design and creative industries. As a founding member of Tomato, he established an international reputation in the 1990s and has been formative in shaping popular media. The Floating World: Ukiyo-e is the first monograph of John Warwicker’s work. Rather than simply collecting together old work from commercial commissions and personal projects, Warwicker has written and designed an extensive book that only occasionally references prior work and which sets out to document his experience in an authentic voice. He has taken the themes, ideas, histories and memories which have informed and influenced him to produce a sophisticated and yet elegiac book constructed from his critical writings, photography, drawings, film, print, typography, poetry and prose. Every text page is an original artwork, delicately constructed in layers of typography, and the interwoven illustrations confirm Warwicker as an innovative visual artist.

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